Fabiano’s Fantasy Focus: Week Six, Vol. I – Best Trade Pieces

Every week during the NFL season, Sports Illustrated Senior Fantasy Analyst Michael Fabiano joins Sports360AZ’s Brad Cesmat to share his insight on building and developing your fantasy team for success.

In our most recent conversation with Michael (Oct. 12), we discussed trades, specifically which players might make the best buy-low and sell-high candidates. Here is the Hall-of-Famer’s advice:

Who Are Your Biggest Fantasy Trade Candidates At This Point?

“Cordarrelle Patterson is a really good sell-high option right now. He’s been awesome, and maybe he does keep this up, but maybe he doesn’t. You could go out there and get a really valuable piece with a longer resume of statistical success in exchange for Cordarrelle. There are also some other players you could sell high on right now. For example, I would say Dawson Knox.  If you have another tight end on your roster that you drafted to be your number one and you grabbed Dawson Knox off the waiver wire, go out and pick a team that needs a tight end and make a trade. 

Guys you might want to buy low on right now – Stefon Diggs. He hasn’t put up great numbers yet. I think they’re probably coming but his numbers have not been all that tremendous at this point in time, so maybe you try and get him on the cheap. If you can get him on the cheap at a thin position, I think T.J. Hockenson might also be worth a roll of the dice, but the price would have to be right for him.”

How Do You Think Russell Wilson’s Absence Will Affect The Seahawks Skill Players?

“Every player in that offense is going to be downgraded. Geno Smith looked pretty good, but let’s not get things twisted. He’s not Russell Wilson. I’m not telling you that you shouldn’t play Tyler Lockett; in fact, I like the matchup this week against Pittsburgh. Same thing with D.K. Metcalf. Everybody takes a little bit of a downgrade, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still play these guys.”

On That Same Note, Will JuJu Smith-Schuster’s Season-Ending Injury Result In More Looks For The Other Pittsburgh Receivers?

“We never want anyone to benefit from someone else going down, but this is fantasy football. JuJu going down means that more targets are available in the passing game. Look what Chase Claypool did last week. I love him against Seattle this week. Diontae Johnson is a must-start every single week. Najee Harris is starting every week regardless, but maybe there’s a few more targets out of the backfield for him. You’re not really going to be leaning on anybody else in JuJu’s absence.”